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Principal's Message                                  September 29, 2017
We have so much activity on our campus at this time, and I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of a few of those important events and dates:

PTO Book Fair: The Book Fair kicked off this week in our library with a Wild West Day yesterday. The Book Fair will continue every weekday through Thursday, October 5, so don't forget to stop by during Parent/Teacher Conferences. Also, be sure to check out Dudes & Donuts Tuesday morning, one hour before school.

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences: Please see the information below regarding the grade-level scheduling. We hope you can stop by, but if you cannot, teachers are available by phone and email. Call our office at 480.664.5414 with any questions or to leave a message. If you have questions for me or our counselor, Julie Goodell, we will be attending. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

First Quarter Grades: Final grades will be posted on PowerSchool (Q1 column) on Wednesday, October 4.

Next Week's Schedule: Next Wednesday, October 4, is NOT an early out day. School dismisses at the regular time of 3:10 pm. Next Thursday is a half day of school with dismissal at 12:15 pm, and there is no school next Friday.

Activity Bus: Finally, as you may know, we are fortunate to now have an activity bus that departs FHMS at 4:10 pm every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for students who stay after school for clubs and activities. A copy of this bus schedule can be found on the "News" page of our website or downloaded HERE. I would like to share with you the following link which shows the actual stops for this activity bus in Google Maps. Users can zoom in on the map for greater detail and click on the STOP icon to get drop off details. If parents have any questions, they should contact the transportation department at 480-664-5310.

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Kiwanis Terrific Kids

Congratulations to last week's Kiwanis Terrific Kids, 4th grader Natalie Owers and 5th grader Justin Jibben. Way to go!

Parent Teacher Conferences

You are invited to FHMS Parent Teacher Conferences!

4th Grade: Conferences will be held the week of October 2 by appointment. Scheduling notices were sent home. Please contact your child's teacher if you do not receive a notice.

5th Grade: Forms were sent home requesting conferences only to those students who are in danger of failing one or more subjects. If a teacher does not feel a conference is necessary, parents may still request one by contacting the teacher.

6-8 Grade: We will have conferences during the day on Thursday, October 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. On Friday, October 6, teachers will be conferencing from 8:00 a.m. to noon. It will be an "open house" format for both days, and parents are invited to attend as convenient.

Red Ribbon Week

The purpose of the National Red Ribbon Campaign is to serve as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Next week students will be engaging in various activities throughout the week which emphasize the importance of being drug/alcohol/smoke free. All students and teachers are encouraged to participate in the following activities:

Monday: Pledge Day - Students pledge to be drug/alcohol/tobacco free

Tuesday:Classrooms brainstorm activities to enjoy without the negative influence of drug/alcohol/tobacco

Wednesday: Sock it to Drugs Day - Wear crazy socks to school!

Thursday: Red Ribbon Day - Everyone Wear Red! All students will participate in activities in the gym

Fountain Hills Library Branch

Here's a list of just some of the great teen/tween programs being offered in October at the Fountain Hills Library. For more information and a full list of programs, go to the library website.

Teen Council Meeting: 10/3/17 from 4:00-5:00 pm
Earn community service hours, plan teen programs, and create the library experience you want. Join teen council at our monthly planning meeting!

Library After Hours: 10/6/17 from 5:00-8:00 pm
Start your fall break off right! Join us after the library closes for food, games, and fun! For youth ages 12 to 19. Supplies funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

Minute to Win It: 10/9/17 from 2:00-3:00 pm
Can you move a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands in less than sixty seconds? Or defy gravity with a balloon for longer than your friends? Join us in the courtyard to face off in a series of challenges and see who comes out on top!

Teens Giving Back: 10/14/17 from 9:00 am - noon
If you have ever scrolled through pictures on pet rescue websites and wished you could do something for the animals waiting to adopted, this program is for you. Fearless Kitty Rescue will be at the library with kittens currently up for adoption, so come say hi and make a toy or two for our furry friends! Supplies funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

Life-Size Gaming and Making: 10/14/17 from 1:00-3:00 pm
Between the ages of 11 and 19 and love gaming? This week, Gaming and Making gets real, so join us in the courtyard for some competition! Supplies funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

Fall Fun and Flicks: 10/26/17 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Join us at the library for an early holiday celebration! Come set off ghost rockets, play spooky party games, and watch a movie with your friends. For youth ages 12-19. Supplies funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

Nerf Wars!

Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation is offering several sessions in which competing teams use their brains, bodies, and toy blasters to complete fun missions. All missions are safe and family-friendly, allowing ages 6+ and all skill levels to play. Parents wanting to play must register themselves as well as their children. Blasters, eye protection, darts and dart pouches will be on loan, but you may bring your own. See the attached flyer for more information including a full list of dates.

Looking Ahead
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09/28/2017 -

PTO Bookfair - FHMS Library
Weekdays 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Love Your School Day  8:00 am

10/03/2017 Dudes & Donuts
FHMS Library 7:30 - 8:30 am

Soccer Game at FHMS  3:30 pm

Volleyball Game at FHMS 
B Team 4:00 pm
A Team 5:00 pm

Football Game at FHHS  6:00 pm

10/04/2017 This is NOT an Early Release Day

10/05/2017 Half-Day Early Release at 12:15 pm

Parent Teacher Conferences (open house format)
1:00 - 4:00 pm and 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Soccer Game at FHMS 4:00 pm

10/06/2017 No School
Parent Teacher Conferences (open house format)
8:00 am - noon

10/09/2017 - 
Fall Break - No School


Start of Second Quarter Grading Term

10/16/2017 - 

7th Grade AstroCamp Trip

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